Louis Pounders ’68 Named Chair of National AIA Committee on Design

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Publication Date: 8/18/2008

Memphis architect Louis Pounders’68, of Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, has been named 2009 chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Committee on Design (COD). He will assume his duties as chair at the August COD Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The COD, founded in 1968, was created to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

Pounders, who received his master in architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has been a member of the Committee on Design for more than 10 years. He is a member of the AIA College of Fellows.

His work has has received some 35 local, regional and national design awards. His projects include the Lichterman Nature Center and Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association headquarters in Memphis, the Tunica RiverPark in Mississippi and the Memphis Cotton Museum along with seven exhibitions for the Wonders series.

He currently is designing a new library for Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, an interpretive center at the Alex Haley House Museum, a Tennessee Historical Site in Henning, TN, and a fine arts building for the University of Tennessee at Martin.